Bird’s Head Peninsula (or Kepala Burung, as Indonesian call it) is a massive land that makes up northwest portion of the island of New Guinea and the major part of Indonesian province of West Papua.
Indonesia West Papua – Bird’s Head Peninsula New Tribes Expedition Survey
Covered with dense jungle and crossed with Arfak and Tamaru Mountains – Bird’s Head Penissula is one of the least known and penetrated places in the world. In 2006 an international expedition of biologists discovered here large number of previously unknown endemic species and declared it one of the most unique areas in terms of biodiversity on Earth. The Bird’s Head Peninsula consists over 22000 square kilometers of Vogelkop Montane Rain Forests and 15000 square kilometers of Teluk Cenderawasih Marine National Park which is home to around 1000 endemic species of flora and fauna.
One can say that this place is what is left of Eden on Earth. But Bird’s Head Peninsula is also home to about 30 different tribes living in less than hundred villages and bigger settlements scattered across the area. Most of the population live along the coastline but some groups live deep in the remote rain forest of the island’s interior. In recent years, more than 40 uncontacted tribes have been identified living in West Papua. Although many of these tribes have since had some contact, there are still others who choose to remain uncontacted.
We know of at least 3 such groups in Bird’s Head Peninsula. Very recently one of them have emerged from the jungle in Kaimana Regency. We are not sure who they are – some remote group of Mairasi tribe or perhaps some totally new tribe? What we know is that they agreed to let outsiders into their lands and they came out willing to trade and learn about the outside world. So far only few Christian missionaries ventured into their villages but still there is no official record of their exploits.
Provincial government seems not to be aware of the existence of the new group but Far Horizon managed to get the permission to travel into the area. We have the ambition to be one of the very first Westerners to explore the remote Mariasi territories and encounter the new group. Therefore, we are reaching out to you today. Far Horizon is setting out for the survey trip to explore unknown parts West Papua and we would like to give you an opportunity to participate in this unique adventure.
Note: The expedition will be led by a professional team of explorers, anthropologists and a film crew so due to limited capacity of the local transport we can only take up to 4 guests with us.